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5:55 PM ET, October 27, 2008

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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Sen. Ted Stevens guilty of felony charges  —  Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was found guilty of all seven felony charges for making false statements.  —  The verdict could spell the end of a 40-year Senate career for a man …
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jury: Stevens guilty on seven counts  —  Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted today on seven counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in improper gifts he received from 1999 to 2006, a stunning blow to a political career that has lasted more than 40 years and marked Alaska's entire history as a part of the United States.
Discussion: Wonkette
Associated Press:
Ted Stevens found guilty in corruption case  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska's political patriarch in disgrace.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Alaska Senator Is Convicted of Ethics Breach in Gift Scheme  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate's history and a figure of enormous influence in his state, was found guilty on Monday of violating ethics laws for failing to report gifts and services that he was given by friends.
Discussion: Undiplomatic
CNN:
Jury finds Stevens guilty in corruption case
Bloomberg:
Senator Stevens Convicted of All Seven Felony Counts
Discussion: Shakesville
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama advisor pushes back on ‘redistribution’  —  A top legal advisor to Barack Obama, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, said today that Obama's 2001 remarks on “redistributive change” — pushed hard on the right today — are being misinterpreted, and that he was actually articulating …
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Bill Whittle / National Review:
Shame, Cubed  —  The Drudge Report this morning led off with a link to audio of Barack Obama on WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station.  And this time, Barack Obama was not eight years old when the bomb went off.  —  Speaking on a call-in radio show in 2001, you can hear Senator Obama say things …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drudge's Latest  —  Go read the original talk that Obama gave …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama on Redistribution of Wealth: As Orin points out below …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Curious Case of Doug Holtz-Eakin
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Dismissing the Story
Discussion: Wizbang and Outside The Beltway
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dean Barnett, 1967-2008  —  It's my sad duty to report that our good friend and valued contributor Dean Barnett passed away today.  He was a remarkable man—principled, witty, and to all of us, a model of grace and courage.  We mourn his passing and cherish his memory.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Horrendous: Dean Barnett passes away
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Stop The ACLU
Dana Bash / CNN:
Palin off-script comments irritate McCain aides  —  (CNN) — Some aides to Sen. John McCain say they weren't happy that running mate Sarah Palin went off script Sunday and turned attention back to the controversy over her wardrobe.  —  The Alaska governor on Sunday brought up the recent reports regarding …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Second-Guessing the Vice-Presidential Pick  —  Last week, Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor, said that Senator John McCain might now be on the verge of winning Pennsylvania — the mainly Democratic state where Mr. McCain is investing considerable time and energy in these final days …
Discussion: The Reaction, marbury and Newsweek
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Post-Defeat Planners  —  ERIC THE READY  —  House Republican Deputy Whip Eric Cantor has spent the last week making calls to fellow Republican House members he believes will survive next week's election, according to several members who received the call.  “He is already lining up support …
Discussion: Wonkette and Emptywheel
Fox News:
Government Foils Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama  —  Skinheads planned to kill Obama and 102 others in Tennessee.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Federal agents have disrupted a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate dozens of black students in Tennessee, the ATF said Monday.
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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.
Discussion: Political Machine and CANNONFIRE
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE WEALTH SPREADERS.... Without a hint of irony, Sarah Palin has begun calling Barack Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader.”  I'm not sure if typical voters, who've seen their real wages decline, and who haven't benefitted at all from a series of Republican tax cuts, will necessarily be outraged …
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
LIKE, SOCIALISM  —  Sometimes, when a political campaign has run …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright TV  —  The National Republican Trust PAC, which aired one harsh anti-Obama ad that it also used to fundraise on Drudge and elsewhere, says it's putting $2.5 million behind this spot in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  —  The ad is exactly what many conservatives have been hoping …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The GOP ticket's appalling contempt for knowledge and learning.  —  In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Early Returns
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
ODD MAN OUT  —  Chuck Hagel's Republican exile.  —  In early June, Senators Chuck Hagel and John McCain met in Hagel's office on Capitol Hill.  McCain, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, considered Hagel—a fellow-Republican and the senior senator from Nebraska—among his closest friends in Congress.
Jonathan Valania / Philly.com:
White people shouldn't be allowed to vote  —  It's for the good of the country and for those who're bitter for a reason and armed because they're scared.  —  is editor in chief of the blog Phawker.com  —  As a lifelong Caucasian, I am beginning to think the time has finally come …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Arizona Presidential Election  —  McCain 51%, Obama 46% in Arizona  —  John McCain's lead over Barack Obama is down to just five points in his home state of Arizona.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Senator leading 51% to 46%.
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
SENATOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN LAWYER TRYING TO INTIMIDATE STUDENT JOURNALISTS ?? why because they CAUGHT and EXPOSED actual fraud?  —  SENATOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN LAWYER: TRYING TO covertly INTIMIDATE COLLEGE JOURNALISTS?  —  If you have been watching ON THE RECORD at 10pm eastern, you know about Palestra.net — the college news network.
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Age of Prosperity Is Over  —  This administration and Congress will be remembered like Herbert Hoover.  —  About a year ago Stephen Moore, Peter Tanous and I set about writing a book about our vision for the future entitled “The End of Prosperity.”  Little did we know then how appropriate its release would be earlier this month.
CNN:
‘Obama Wins!,’ newspaper declares  —  SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) - For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.  —  “Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector's edition” in red bold typeface.
 
 
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Michael Holman / Times of London:
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Michelle Malkin:
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Ed Whelan / The Corner:
Re: Is It Impolitic for Political Reporters to Do Their Jobs?
Discussion: Salon
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
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Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Republicans hire mercenaries for ground war against Barack Obama
 Earlier Items: 
WSVN-TV:
7 News/Suffolk U. Poll finds Obama maintains lead in Florida
Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Hawaii Trips Cost More Than Palin's Clothes
Discussion: 24Ahead and The Corner
CNN:
Hostage escapes after 8 years in jungle
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Things Are Looking Very Good  —  Worried about “the tightening?”
Discussion: Democrats.com
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin trots out ‘Tito the builder’ at Virginia rally
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
 

 
From Mediagazer:

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Selina Cheng / Columbia Journalism Review:
Selina Cheng says her editor told her that staff advocating for press freedom publicly would create a conflict with WSJ's reporting of the issue in Hong Kong

 
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